Resources for Parents

"Out of Reach" - Medicine Abuse, Through the Eyes of a Teen

"Out of Reach" is a special documentary created by a teen filmmaker who captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his world. The issues contained in the film are a reflection of this issue across the country. It was created in collaboration with director Tucker Capps (of A&E’s “Intervention”) and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kid's Medicine Abuse Project. Email communications@drugfree.org for more information about how you can help #EndMedicineAbuse by sharing the full film and an accompanying "Out of Reach" toolkit with your friends, schools, communities, families and more.

Copyright ©2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


Teen prescription abuse is an epidemic

Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. (National Study on Drug Use and Health, 2012) Research indicates they are accessing these drugs in the comfort of home.

  • 65% of 12-17 year olds who used a pain reliever in the past year have obtained them from a friend or family member, by either buying them, receiving them for free, or taking without asking (National Study on Drug Use and Health, 2012).
  • 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined (National Study on Drug Use and Health, 2012).

Additional Resources


Copyright © 2014 The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and The Medicine Abuse Project

Copyright © 2014 The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and The Medicine Abuse Project


Prescription Drug Lingo - The names you haven't heard…


Ritalin®

  • Vitamin R
  • West Coast

OxyContin®

  • 40
  • Cotton
  • 80
  • Hillbilly Heroin

  • Kicker
  • OCs
  • Os
  • Pills

Adderall®

  • Beans
  • Christmas Trees
  • Pep Pills

  • Bennies
  • Dexies
  • Uppers

Xanax®

  • Z-Bars
  • Bars
  • Footballs

  • Handlebars
  • White Boys